SAIPAN

Strategically positioned

 

US Territory, a few hours away

 

The island of Saipan is a United States Territory just North of Guam

When you think of islands in the United States, you probably think of Puerto Rico, the islands of Hawaii, or even Manhattan. When you think of islands in the context of the world, you probably think of tropical paradises in Asia, or exotic locales like Madagascar or the Maldives. Saipan is the best of both worlds, and as a little known US territory just north of Guam, offers the rare opportunity to feel like you’re across the world with all the security being on American soil might have to offer (read: someone possibly spraying for Zika). The small. tropical island is located on the west side of the Pacific Ocean above the equator along the Marianas Trench.

Saipan Island is known for its gorgeous beaches and various World War II attractions and historical sites. The grotto is one tourist attraction that is especially well known for top notch snorkeling and diving adventures.

You can get lost in kayaking, snorkeling, boating, parasailing, sea turtle watching, and boating on any given day because the weather is virtually perfect year round and it’s basically everything you would expect to do on a tropical island —  without a passport or the risk of being deported if you, um, ‘forgot’ your resident green card. If you are looking to go off the beaten path for your next family vacation (especially if your lover is into historical WWII sites), Saipan is definitely worth a look.

 

Visa and Entry Formalities

Entry requirements for the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) are the same as for any U.S. destination. The U.S. Visa Waiver Program applies. For further details, visit www.travel.state.gov. In addition, a special Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program allows visa-free entry from additional countries: Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong (HK Special Administrative Region [SAR] passport or HK Identification card is required), Japan, Malaysia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom.  Under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program, travelers from these countries, for a maximum of 45 days, seeking admission to the CNMI must possess a valid, unexpired machine-readablepassport and must not have previously violated the terms of any prior admission to the U.S. ESTA is not a requirement for these travelers.

 

How to Get to Saipan

International flights are provided by the following airlines:

The international airlines listed here offer connecting flights to virtually all major cities world wide.  Domestic commuters are run by Cape Air, Freedom Air, and STAR Marianas Air.  For car rental, a U.S. driver's license can be used; foreign visitors can use their home country licenses for up to 1 month.  Shuttle buses are available from most hotels and Duty Free Shopping Galleria in Garapan.  Taxis are available, and many hotels offer airport pick-up and drop-off.

Note:  Since airline schedule changes, it is best to check with each airline or with your travel agent for current schedule.

 

Where to Stay in Saipan

From boutique hotels to luxury resorts with spas and water-parks, a wide range of accommodations are available in the Northern Marianas to fit your need and budget during your stay.

 

 

 

 

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